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Joe Francis

SENTENCED TO JAIL

8/27/2013 11:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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10:51 AM PT -- Joe has just been sentenced to JAIL.

According to our count, Joe has been ordered to serve at least 270 DAYS in county jail.

He's also been sentenced to 36 months probation and has been ordered to complete a Level 3 Anger Management course.

He's also been ordered to complete 1 year of psychological counseling at a rate of 1 session per week.

During the sentencing, the judge expressed serious concerns with Joe's explosive temper -- and warned that it could get him in trouble in the future unless he learns how to keep his cool.

Bond will be set at $250k.

Joe is currently being handcuffed and escorted out of the courtroom.

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10:31 AM PT --
Joe's lawyer is begging the court for mercy.

10:29 AM PT --
Joe's motion for a re-trial has been SHOT DOWN. Now on to sentencing ...

9:53 AM PT --
Joe's lawyer is calling BS on the accusers -- claiming he can now prove the women lied during the trial, and therefore Joe deserves another chance to prove his innocence.

Among Joe's arguments -- he claims the women's story about not having cell phone reception at Joe's mansion are untrue ... and they have the phone records to prove it.

Joe also claims an accuser's story that she was "choke slammed" on Joe's tile floor is impossible because he doesn't have tile anywhere in the house.

9:40 AM PT --
The hearing has begun. Due to courtroom rules for this particular hearing, we will only be livestreaming the audio.

8:57 AM PT --
Francis is inside the courtroom, waiting for his case to be called.

8:50 AM PT --
Francis just arrived at the courthouse with his girlfriend Abbey Wilson. She's hot.

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8:41 AM PT --
We're told Francis is on his way to the court -- and should arrive momentarily.

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It's D-Day for Joe Francis ... the day the "Girls Gone Wild" mogul will learn his sentence for attacking a woman at his Hollywood mansion back in 2011 ... and he's facing serious time behind bars.

TMZ will be streaming live from inside the L.A. courtroom when Joe faces the judge later today. The hearing is scheduled to begin at 8:30 AM PT.

As we previously reported, 3 women had accused Joe of taking them to his Hollywood home -- following a night out -- and refusing to let them leave. He was also accused of attacking one of the women, choke-slamming her head into his tile floor.

Francis was convicted on 5 charges total, including assault, 3 counts of false imprisonment, and 1 count of dissuading a witness from reporting.

Never one to go down without a fight -- Francis recently filed court docs demanding a new trial based on allegations of insufficient evidence. We'll see if the judge buys his argument when the hearing begins.

Stay Tuned...

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2idiots    

a Joe Francis story with a PICTURE of JODI ARIAS? Nice work TMZ dumbazzes.

392 days ago
2.

lts    

I won't call you names, but hello? Editor? Check your photo please.

392 days ago
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Rachael    

IF YOU"D GET OFF THE PHONE WITH KRIS JENNER, maybe you'd post the right picture with the right story, IDIOTS!

392 days ago
4.

Morticia Addams     

See I was worried Miley was so drugged up~but no~the TMZ staff is

392 days ago
5.

Dakota    

Wondering what type of drugs TMZ staff is on. A picture of Jodi HairyAss?

392 days ago
6.

Comanchegurl    

Unfortunately you can do anything you want in California, because there are so many criminals. & they can't afford to house them. So I'm sure this guy won't get what he deserves until he dies.

392 days ago
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Shoozie    

It's California. They will be lucky if he does 3 minutes behind bars.

392 days ago
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kathi303    

I'm anxious to see how this all works out. I watched him on Couples Therapy and he is an arrogant a$$hole. He thinks he's better than others and likes to portray himself as someone with a lot of class. Obviously if he has to do this to a woman, he's in serious need of help.

392 days ago
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Truth    

"facing serious time behind bars" -- The same BS line TMZ uses every time some celeb is in court. Then, they get slapped on the wrist. if even that, and walk away.

392 days ago
10.

cindy    

He's such a s***bag. I hope he does go to jail

392 days ago
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mrharrybawls2012    

A heartfelt congratulations to TMZ. 24 hours have passed and there has not been a single story on lindsay lohan. This took a lot of restraint on your part Levine and I know how difficult this must have been. Accordingly, a basket of fruit is on its way to your staff room.
Love,
*Ed Begley Jr.*

392 days ago
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Pudding Tang    

'Facing serious time behind bars' .... YEAH RIGHT!

392 days ago
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billybob    

whoremonger

392 days ago
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Truth44    

Nice hooker you have there Joe!!! I swear these idiots have no sense of class or respect, learn to dress tramp!!

392 days ago
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my 2 cents    

Scheduled to start at 8:30 am..and he is posing for pics outside at 8:50 am...only in LA

392 days ago
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